Proof of Residency FAQ
Highland Park ISD requires an annual proof of residency for the family of each student. This is a standard practice in many other school districts, and it is intended to protect the taxpayers whose dollars pay for the excellent education our students receive.
Q: What proof of residency documents will be accepted?
If the student’s residency paperwork is complete and current, only the following will be required for the annual proof of residency:
- All pages of a water or electric bill must be submitted. (No gas, phone or cable.)
- It must show dates of service (not billing dates) during June, July or August 2021.
- The address must match the family’s in-district address as listed in Skyward.
- Each student's ID #, name, campus and grade level must be submitted along with each family’s bill.
Some unique exceptions:
- If the family has moved, all three residency documents must be submitted: the new deed or lease, a current water or electric bill and a driver's license, all at the same address.
- If the family has a lease that has expired or is soon due to expire, a new lease must be submitted in addition to the water or electric bill.
Q: What is the window for providing documents?
- Documents will be accepted beginning 8 a.m. Thursday, July 29, 2021, and are due before the first day of school on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
Q: How do I submit my proof of residency documents?
- Proof of residency is submitted via an online form. Complete the fields and attach all documents, then click the "Submit" button. Please click here for the form.
- Prior to opening the Proof of Residency Form, please have your student's ID # and be prepared to attach PDFs or scanned copies of required documents.
- To find the form from the district home page www.hpisd.org, click the Proof of Residency link in the large blue bubble or select "Parents/Students" from the top menu bar and click on "Proof of Residency" in the dropdown box. A link to the form is found on the "Proof of Residency" page.
Q: What is the consequence for non-compliance?
- Students whose parents or legal guardians have not provided annual proof of residency by the first day of school will be contacted by the district. Parents will be allowed up to a 30-calendar day grace period to provide their annual proof of residency. If the documentation is not received by the end of the 30-calendar day grace period, the student will be withdrawn from school.
Q: What if my family doesn’t receive a water or electric bill because utilities are included in my lease or homeowner’s dues?
- The district has created an affidavit that the parent is required to submit instead of a utility bill. Please click here for the affidavit.
Q: Will I be required to submit a water or electric bill if I provided one during the spring in my student’s 2021-2022 enrollment documents?
- If the water or electric bill that was previously submitted for enrollment is billed for service dates earlier than June 2021, then the district will require a new bill that meets the date requirement.
Q: If my lease renews during the summer, will I be required to submit any other documents besides the water or electric bill?
- Prior to the expiration date of a lease, the parent must provide updated documentation. Therefore, a new or renewed lease and current driver’s license for the same address must be submitted along with the electric or water bill.
Q: What should I submit if my lease has changed to month-to-month?
- If the lease changes to month-to-month after the term ends, the district has an affidavit that the parent will submit instead of a lease renewal. Please click here for the month-to-month affidavit.
Q: What if I lease my residence and my lease expires during the school year?
- Prior to the expiration date of a lease, the parent is required to submit all three required residency documents: the new or renewed lease, a current water or electric bill and a driver's license, all at the same address.
Q: What if I move my residence within the district during the school year?
- Families who move within the school district during the school year are required to submit to the campus all three residency documents: the new deed or lease, a current water or electric bill and a driver's license, all at the same address.
Q: What about families who move in during the school year?
- Families who move in during the school year submit their residency documentation as part of the enrollment process. Providing all three required proofs of residency, which includes a current water or electric bill, is a mandatory component in that process.
If a student's residence is in question at any time, HPISD will conduct an investigation and may require additional documents. We thank our parents, guardians and taxpayers for their support of this effort to verify the residency of all of our students.